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April 17 2014 Now that the "summer" driving season is here  This time last year it was $3.90 and it went to $4.47 by early June
16.04.14 - Under the Big Blue  I'm aware that parts of America are still getting snow after a very harsh winter, but here in the UK spring is well under way after the mildest winter most of us can remember. This is Lincoln Cathedral yesterday in beautiful light
Sisters in early morning light. Oregon
4/17/14 - Cactus flowers; these are some of the most amazing cactus flowers I've ever seen.  Each one is about six inches across and there are several layers of petals.  Thanks to Rick, who has identified this as a Peruvian Torch Cactus!  Yea!  Thanks for your comments on my most recent post.  I've been MIA for a couple of days, as I got some kind of flu bug that completely knocked me out.  I'm fine now.
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April 17. 2014  This is one of the pieces of art at the SCI show in Vegas, that I LOVED!!!  The artist is Stefano Cecchini.  I've featured some of his paintings in past year's shots from SCI.  According to www.grandbohemiangallery.com:  Stefano Cecchini was born in Rimini, Italy on May 5, 1957. After graduating from the University of Bologna with a degree in political science, Stefano Cecchini followed his natural inclination and his passion by choosing painting as his career.  In November 1984 Cecchini collaborated with director Federico Fellini to paint scenery for the film Fred and Ginger. His work on the film took him to Rome and then Milan. While in Milan, Italy, he began to teach art at the European Institute of Design.  Cecchini has also worked with the prestigious Immagini Agency in Rimini, Italy as an illustrator and has painted some of the most important public advertising campaigns to date.   Stefano made his debut in the United States in 2003 as a featured artist at the American Chapter of Safari Club International, where he has since donated for auction more than a half a dozen paintings and has appeared as the cover artist of Safari Magazine three times.  As an accomplished artist, Stefano Cecchini enjoys painting luxury cars, exotic portraits and large-scale images of wildlife from different continents. He thoughtfully studies his subjects in detail to portray, with his own passion, their great beauty. His technique of painting on wood and using oil and tempera creates a trompe l’oeil effect that is admired worldwide. The Grand Bohemian Gallery is proud to exclusively represent Stefano Cecchini and his works.  Have a "lazy cat" sort of day today my friends!  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
Strings Posted April 17, 2014  Embroidery thread processed in Color Efex Pro.
A yellow rose and morning raindrops...  Saw this beautiful rose on a morning walk after some rain the night before, couldn't resist a shot...  Thank you for your views and comments!  Critiques welcome...  17 April 2014
Surveying the surroundings  Apr 17 A cautious red bellied woodpecker takes a careful look around before heading to the birdfeeder
Day 107: Daffodils - April 17.  So nice to finally see flowers blooming
I loved places like this in my teens and Hutch's stays close to the original atmosphere with arborite booths, outdoor benches , and a juke box at every table in the back room. It is so wonderful to listen to music , watch the sunset over the lake , see lots of people out and enjoying , gorgeous Summer evenings.    It was very cold today but some sun broke through in late afternoon. ( Yay  Rick, I loved the fin era . Those cars had weight and road huggability!)  Is that a word?    Will browse a little now ,on my virus free PC. See ya tomorrow night!! YAY!
April 17, 2014  Polka Dot Spoon
03/30/2012 Thank you for your wonderful comments. "Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, and my kindness for weakness."
A one story drop from the garage roof line onto water-logged planks smashes each large drop of melt water (from yesterday's snowfall) to smithereens.  DP106-2014  Posted April 16 (late); from photo taken the same day.  Catching the moment of contact, when the splash is at a maximum, is a total crap shoot with a camera such I was using that has a significant time lag in the shutter.  That time lag makes if hard to get the focus right, as well.  So this is a deeply flawed shot, technically, but I liked the shadow cast by the splash, and I didn't want to be as late posting today as I was Monday and Tuesday of this week.  WYSIWYG, and IIWII.  A companion shot of a different splash is here:  http://smu.gs/1l3CCix  Taken April 16, 2014 (Title:  It Should Have Been Raindrops, So Many Raindrops...)
04-17-2014 "Lighter Clematis"  This is another clematis I have in my yard.  It has somehow gotten into a lorapedlem that is growing next to it.  It is supposed to be growing up an arbor.  It is a lighter color than the deep purple I posted a few days ago.  I love the color of this one because it is so bright.  To answer Art's question about some the children at Horses for Handicap not being photographed, here is what I know.   It is a requirement that all children in school or participating in events where photos will be taken that there is signed parental consent before their photo can be made.  Even before I retired schools were required to have this consent before the students were photographed our recorded on video or audio.  I am assuming this is throughout the nation because I know that students participating in national honor choirs have to have this release.  If one child does not have the consent the event cannot be photographed or recorded in any manner.  I think part of it goes back to how easy it is to get photos of children on public media like Facebook, Twitter and others.  You know there are some SICK people out there and we have to protect the innocent.  The honor choir I just chaired had 130 high school students and before I could take any photos or have the concert professionally recorded I had to have the parents sign a consent form.    It tickled me that you all were so complimentary of the sweet smiles of Sutton and Lily on yesterday's post.  I can't wait to read them the comments.  You are most gracious and I certainly appreciate them all. Donna
April 17 2014 Now that the "summer" driving season is here

This time last year it was $3.90 and it went to $4.47 by early June

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April 17 2014 Now that the "summer" driving season is here  This time last year it was $3.90 and it went to $4.47 by early June
April 17 2014 Now that the "summer" driving season is here

This time last year it was $3.90 and it went to $4.47 by early June

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Photo by: Art Hill · See photo in original gallery.

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